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Originally Posted by Jim Cate View Post

You're welcome.

Jim

I'll say this...If true I say Kudos to you sir...
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Originally Posted by Splicer010 View Post

I'll say this...If true I say Kudos to you sir...

Sometimes things work out. I had been watching the Blu-ray players available at BB, hoping to get one with the same audio quality as the Toshiba A35, but I finally decided on the Oppo BDP-83. I'm very pleased with the audio and video with the Oppo but left with a small collection of HD-DVD discs.

Are most A35 owners (and owners of other HD-DVD players) going dual-mode, i.e., keeping both a Blu-ray and HD-DVD player, or are many staying with the HD-DVD format only?

Jim
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^^

I have four ponies in the stable....2 HD-DVD & 2 Blu-ray players.

Jim, FWIW, the BDP-83 looks to be a winner and a very good choice.
post #4504 of 4877
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Originally Posted by Jim Cate View Post

Sometimes things work out. I had been watching the Blu-ray players available at BB, hoping to get one with the same audio quality as the Toshiba A35, but I finally decided on the Oppo BDP-83. I'm very pleased with the audio and video with the Oppo but left with a small collection of HD-DVD discs.

Are most A35 owners (and owners of other HD-DVD players) going dual-mode, i.e., keeping both a Blu-ray and HD-DVD player, or are many staying with the HD-DVD format only?

Jim

I bought the A35 before the format died, and when it did picked up the XA2 which is my main player now. Its upconversion is arguably the best out there with the exception of the Oppo BDP-83.

My first Hi-Def player was a Pioneer Elite BD as my gut told me BD would win out. However, with all the blow-outs I have 83 HDs to 34 BDs. Just ordered the Oppo which will replace the Pioneer for BD, my old Pioneer SACD and take over the upconversion duties from the XA2.
post #4505 of 4877
I started with an Xbox add-drive, then upgraded to an A35. Then I got an A30 for $50 with a $50 gift card from BB, net cost $0. Then I picked up an XA2 for $190. I also have a Samsung 5000 and an LG 200. My main BD player is my 60gb PS3. I am still buying HD DVD's I have 150 so far, just bought P2 today. 174 BD's and counting.

Those sticking to HD DVD only are missing out bigtime. Both are great but going forward BD is our only option if we care about film.

I may get a Panasonic or Oppo standalone someday. For now LPCM is the great and my receiver is only HDMI 1.2 compatible so I don't need bitstreaming.
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Originally Posted by Jim Cate View Post

Sometimes things work out. I had been watching the Blu-ray players available at BB, hoping to get one with the same audio quality as the Toshiba A35, but I finally decided on the Oppo BDP-83. I'm very pleased with the audio and video with the Oppo but left with a small collection of HD-DVD discs.

Are most A35 owners (and owners of other HD-DVD players) going dual-mode, i.e., keeping both a Blu-ray and HD-DVD player, or are many staying with the HD-DVD format only?

Jim

I'm doing both. I got the email for the OPPO, so that's my entry to Blu. I have over 100 HD-DVD's, so those are staying put, since the media pretty quickly becomes more expensive than the player, and I am extremely satisfied with my HD-A35. I wanted something as high quality as the A35, and the OPPO fits that bill.

My issue is that I have to get the advanced audio codecs from both players, so I'm looking at an AVR upgrade. I've become spoiled with the A35's multi-channel input, (HDMI is switching only in my current AVR), and I refuse to put either the A35 or the OPPO on optical, so...
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I have 2 A2's and one A35. One A2 is in our living room and the other in our bedroom - the A35 I bought at a GREAT price JUST as Amazon and others stopped selling them/no longer had inventory. The A35 I bought for the 1080p/24 output and it's in my "man's room". I have 2 PS3s (one in LR the other in the Man's room) and a Panny BD player in the bedroom. I have about 50 HDDVDs (thank you iNetvideo and Amazon resellers for great deals) and took advantage of the Red2Blu promotion to get BDs for several HDDVDs for mere dollars. I'm going to keep and use the HDDVDs until they die but with my recent purchase of a Popcorn Hour A110 and an LG BD/HDDVD reader I'm going to rip my HDDVDs to watch instantly since HDDVDs are prone to scratch easily (the coating is not as good as on a BD). I'm glad to have purchased the HDDVD players since I have HD movies at a very low price.
post #4508 of 4877
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Originally Posted by Wryker View Post

I have 2 A2's and one A35. One A2 is in our living room and the other in our bedroom - the A35 I bought at a GREAT price JUST as Amazon and others stopped selling them/no longer had inventory. The A35 I bought for the 1080p/24 output and it's in my "man's room". I have 2 PS3s (one in LR the other in the Man's room) and a Panny BD player in the bedroom. I have about 50 HDDVDs (thank you iNetvideo and Amazon resellers for great deals) and took advantage of the Red2Blu promotion to get BDs for several HDDVDs for mere dollars. I'm going to keep and use the HDDVDs until they die but with my recent purchase of a Popcorn Hour A110 and an LG BD/HDDVD reader I'm going to rip my HDDVDs to watch instantly since HDDVDs are prone to scratch easily (the coating is not as good as on a BD). I'm glad to have purchased the HDDVD players since I have HD movies at a very low price.

(Emphasis added.)

That's been my only real complaint with HD DVD--I've had to outright replace both Superman Returns and The Bourne Ultimatum for that very reason. Luckily I was able to find both brand new before it was too late. (I guess another complaint would be that far too many titles didn't have lossless audio. A damn shame too, because "Pan's Labyrinth" proved that 7.1 channels of lossless audio--DTS-HD MA, no less--could easily have been the rule and not the exception.)

On another note, I'm looking to do exactly what you're intending to do with your Popcorn. I have the LG BD/HD DVD drive on order and awaiting delivery. But I'm also having a difficult time finding HD DVD playback software. (Nero, for example, discontinued HD DVD support a while back.) Any suggestions you or others may have for reading/ripping alternatives would be greatly appreciated.
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The defacto-standard everyone uses (google ToNMT) is AnyDVDHD - i downloaded it for the free trail (i have 19 days left) just to see how it would work in conjunction w/ToNMT and its power of aweseomeness is amazing....i'm looking forward to ripping all my HDDVDs (and BDs) to my HDs (ripped Transformers last night -first HDDVD rip and fired it up on the Popcorn and it works great). Anymore info needed you might want to PM me - there's a Popcorn Hour AVS thread too you can read however I found forums at another site contained much more info..
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Originally Posted by Wryker View Post

The defacto-standard everyone uses (google ToNMT) is AnyDVDHD - i downloaded it for the free trail (i have 19 days left) just to see how it would work in conjunction w/ToNMT and its power of aweseomeness is amazing....i'm looking forward to ripping all my HDDVDs (and BDs) to my HDs (ripped Transformers last night -first HDDVD rip and fired it up on the Popcorn and it works great). Anymore info needed you might want to PM me - there's a Popcorn Hour AVS thread too you can read however I found forums at another site contained much more info..

What type of storage device do you use? What size? This seems like a great product if its works.
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Originally Posted by jedi.master.dre View Post

What type of storage device do you use? What size? This seems like a great product if its works.

You can use an internal HD w/the PCH and/or externals. I have a 1TB internal and 2 x 1TB externals. And i only buy the 'green' drives made to be left on 'all the time' (like a DVR).
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Originally Posted by Wryker View Post

You can use an internal HD w/the PCH and/or externals. I have a 1TB internal and 2 x 1TB externals. And i only buy the 'green' drives made to be left on 'all the time' (like a DVR).

What is your level of recommendation? Low to Highly recommended.
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Originally Posted by jedi.master.dre View Post

What is your level of recommendation? Low to Highly recommended.

At this point almost Highly recommended - I'm having issues getting the HD audio to record. I know it's a setting i'm doing wrong since i've done it for some BDs. Once I get that down it'll be HIGHLY recommended for sure - and i haven't even gotten to streaming audio and other file types that this box can do. It even puts 'cover art' for the movies you rip so you can browse by title, type, etc and click on the cover art and the movie starts up. If you stop and go to another movie; if you go back to that movie it picks up where you stopped. Mind you I'm not doing any extras, just the main movie for HDDVDs & BDs.
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anyone here know what Best Buys extended warranty policy is on these? My player is freezing and skipping again, firmware is not helping. Are they even trying to repair them anymore, or are they just refunding store credit?
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Originally Posted by mr stroke View Post

anyone here know what Best Buys extended warranty policy is on these? My player is freezing and skipping again, firmware is not helping. Are they even trying to repair them anymore, or are they just refunding store credit?

I don't know about your particular unit, but my experience with BB was that their policy seemed to depend on who you talked with. As noted earlier, in my case, one store manager told me they wouldn't take back my A35, but another one, after getting approval, said they had no problem taking it back under the warranty. (Since it wouldn't play current movies ((there aren't any)) it didn't perform as intended.) They gave me store credit for the original selling price.

I suppose that the thing to do, if you don't get success at first, is to be persistent, and try going back on different days and times.

Jim
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Originally Posted by Jim Cate View Post

Sometimes things work out. I had been watching the Blu-ray players available at BB, hoping to get one with the same audio quality as the Toshiba A35, but I finally decided on the Oppo BDP-83. I'm very pleased with the audio and video with the Oppo but left with a small collection of HD-DVD discs.

Are most A35 owners (and owners of other HD-DVD players) going dual-mode, i.e., keeping both a Blu-ray and HD-DVD player, or are many staying with the HD-DVD format only?

Jim

I am getting rid of my A-35 w/movies check the classified section...I am only having a Blu player.
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Originally Posted by Jim Cate View Post

Are most A35 owners (and owners of other HD-DVD players) going dual-mode, i.e., keeping both a Blu-ray and HD-DVD player, or are many staying with the HD-DVD format only?

I'm keeping my A35 for as long is it continues to function.

However, my post-HD DVD plans were to simply go back to regular DVD's. I found regular DVD's to be adequate for my occasional watching, and wanted to simply stay out of the HD movie disc market completely.

But, Sony gave me a Blu-ray player for free so I ended up with the Blu-ray format now too.
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I have an hd-a35 and a sony 350. I own about 20 hd dvd's and about 8 blu rays. I am going to keep my a35. Considering the amount of time I get to watch movies which is very minimal with small children I figure the a35 will last along time with just my current collection. All new movies are going to be on blu ray so the 350 will get alot more work than my a35 will.
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I would like to go back down to FW 2.7. Can I use the Toshiba disc that is for the A2/A20/XA2 ?
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Originally Posted by rcserg View Post

I would like to go back down to FW 2.7. Can I use the Toshiba disc that is for the A2/A20/XA2 ?

You'll either have to hack the firmware with a Hex Editor to fool the player into downgrading, or if you do a search, somebody probably has already posted a hacked version for that purpose.
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Hello.
I was wondering if anybody can help me with my problem which is driving me crazy. My onkyo 885 is connected via HDMI to my Pioneer Pro-FPJ1 (RS2 clone) PJ. My source component is a Toshiba HD-A35 HD-DVD player. Since last night I can not get any audio from any movies via bitstream. The 885 shows no "signal" from the HDMI, it puts itself in 2 channel mode PCM. If I switch inputs on the PJ the audio comes back. When I go back to the HDMI input where the A35 is connected I get video but no audio. Everything is setup for bitstreaming from A35 to the 885.

I don't think is the 25 ft. Monoprice HDMI cable because I do get video but no audio. I have checked and re checked the settings on the 885 but with no luck. Am I missing something?

Thanks
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Originally Posted by Samaritano View Post

Hello.
I was wondering if anybody can help me with my problem which is driving me crazy. My onkyo 885 is connected via HDMI to my Pioneer Pro-FPJ1 (RS2 clone) PJ. My source component is a Toshiba HD-A35 HD-DVD player. Since last night I can not get any audio from any movies via bitstream. The 885 shows no "signal" from the HDMI, it puts itself in 2 channel mode PCM. If I switch inputs on the PJ the audio comes back. When I go back to the HDMI input where the A35 is connected I get video but no audio. Everything is setup for bitstreaming from A35 to the 885.

I don't think is the 25 ft. Monoprice HDMI cable because I do get video but no audio. I have checked and re checked the settings on the 885 but with no luck. Am I missing something?

Thanks

Assuming you have an HDMI cable between the A35 and PR885 preamp and the A35 HMDI Digital output is set to AUTO, and at one time the A35 HDMI DD/DD+/DDHD bitstream output was once decoded in the 885, then I'd say this rules out a HDMI cable issue.

You didn't say but does the A35 have FW4.0 installed?

If you haven't tried this, temporarily change the A35 HDMI DIGITAL OUTPUT setting from AUTO to PCM and set the DIGITAL DIRECT AUDIO MODE to OFF, then exit the Setup menu. Shutdown and restart the A35 with a disc and check the 885 audio input signal. It should display Multich PCM.

If PCM signal is being processed correctly in the 885 then you could switch A35 back to the HMDI DIGITAL OUTPUT set to AUTO and see if the bitstream decoding duty returns to the 885.

FWIW: I recently abandoned A35 FW4.0 due to frequent losses of audio signal via HDMI to an Onkyo SR805 when the A35 HDMI DIGITAL OUTPUT was set to AUTO and DIGITAL DIRECT AUDIO MODE set to ON. I'm using the latest FW1.3 on Toshiba's website and audio decoding in the 805 has been dependable from HDMI bitstream.
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Originally Posted by JMarin View Post

Assuming you have an HDMI cable between the A35 and PR885 preamp and the A35 HMDI Digital output is set to AUTO, and at one time the A35 HDMI DD/DD+/DDHD bitstream output was once decoded in the 885, then I'd say this rules out a HDMI cable issue.

You didn't say but does the A35 have FW4.0 installed?

If you haven't tried this, temporarily change the A35 HDMI DIGITAL OUTPUT setting from AUTO to PCM and set the DIGITAL DIRECT AUDIO MODE to OFF, then exit the Setup menu. Shutdown and restart the A35 with a disc and check the 885 audio input signal. It should display Multich PCM.

If PCM signal is being processed correctly in the 885 then you could switch A35 back to the HMDI DIGITAL OUTPUT set to AUTO and see if the bitstream decoding duty returns to the 885.

FWIW: I recently abandoned A35 FW4.0 due to frequent losses of audio signal via HDMI to an Onkyo SR805 when the A35 HDMI DIGITAL OUTPUT was set to AUTO and DIGITAL DIRECT AUDIO MODE set to ON. I'm using the latest FW1.3 on Toshiba's website and audio decoding in the 805 has been dependable from HDMI bitstream.

JMarin,

Thanks for responding. I believe I have the latest firmware. It was done maybe 2 months ago via internet. The A35 HDMI Digital Output is set to Auto and the Digital Direct Audio Mode is set to On. When I turned on the "HDMI Audio Out" on the Onkyo PRSC885 I don't get any sound regardless of where I set the HDMI Digital Output and/or Digital Direct Audio Mode on the A35.

On the other hand if I switch the Onkyo PRSC885 HDMI Audio Out, under "Hardware Setup", to off then the A35 displays a message that the Digital Direct Audio Mode needs to be turn on and the restart the player, but I go to the A35 setup and it is on. I do get sound from the Pre/Pro this way but it is only LPCM.

I have tried other HDMI cables but the problem persist. Kind of frustrating though.

I might have to revert back to an older firmware but that probably its not that easy.
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Originally Posted by Samaritano View Post

Hello.
I was wondering if anybody can help me with my problem which is driving me crazy. My onkyo 885 is connected via HDMI to my Pioneer Pro-FPJ1 (RS2 clone) PJ. My source component is a Toshiba HD-A35 HD-DVD player. Since last night I can not get any audio from any movies via bitstream. The 885 shows no "signal" from the HDMI, it puts itself in 2 channel mode PCM. If I switch inputs on the PJ the audio comes back. When I go back to the HDMI input where the A35 is connected I get video but no audio. Everything is setup for bitstreaming from A35 to the 885.

I don't think is the 25 ft. Monoprice HDMI cable because I do get video but no audio. I have checked and re checked the settings on the 885 but with no luck. Am I missing something?

Thanks

Check your cable and make sure its seated properly. I had a similar problem with Monoprice HDMI and Optical cables. They give awesome quality for the money spent, but sometimes its difficult to seat them in place because the wire is nice and thick.

I would also suggest you try out another cable just to make sure.
post #4525 of 4877
I ordered two 3' foot HDMI cables from Monoprice but I don't think it was the cable. It is working now. What I did was turn off "HDMI Audio Out" and set under the OSD Setup "Immediate Display" to off on the Onkyo Pre/Pro.
post #4526 of 4877
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Originally Posted by Jim Cate View Post

Are most A35 owners (and owners of other HD-DVD players) going dual-mode, i.e., keeping both a Blu-ray and HD-DVD player, or are many staying with the HD-DVD format only?

Jim

I must first say that I admire the way you quoted, and then thanked yourself in post #4500!

I'm now dual...and why not? Four HD players (over 400 discs...averaging about $5-$6 per w/ freebies) and now two BD players (including my new -83). Although not as economic, I scoop up the $10-$15 discs as they become available.
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Can anyone tell me where I can download all the FW versions for the A35?
post #4528 of 4877
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Originally Posted by rcserg View Post

Can anyone tell me where I can download all the FW versions for the A35?

Right below this thread.
Here.
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Originally Posted by johndn View Post

I must first say that I admire the way you quoted, and then thanked yourself in post #4500!

I'm now dual...and why not? Four HD players (over 400 discs...averaging about $5-$6 per w/ freebies) and now two BD players (including my new -83). Although not as economic, I scoop up the $10-$15 discs as they become available.

Or even less. Sometimes less than $3 for new releases on HD. The 83 is a welcome addition to the rack.
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I wonder what Toshiba did with the 4th Gen HD DVD players?
The HD-A4, HD-A45 & HD-XA4 to name a few
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